Steps to follow when lighting a spell candle
Before lighting your candle, it is very important you physically cleanse them. Before reaching you, they go through many hands, and you don't know what kind of energy they might be holding on to.
To cleanse your candles, wet a piece of cotton or cloth with equal parts rubbing alcohol or water (tap water is fine, but you can also use moon water). Rub the cloth or cotton from the base to the candle to just before the wick, to symbolize the negative energy leaving the candle.
Once you are done cleansing your candle, it is time to intention it. You do this with oil. Ideally, you would choose a type of oil that matches your intention. If you don't know which oil to use, olive oil can be used for any intent. Get a little bit of the oil in a piece of cotton or clothes. It's important to use just a little bit of oil so as not to make it more flammable than it needs to be. The direction in which you rub the cotton will depend on whether your intention is to attract something or to dispel or banish something. If you need to attract something, rub the cotton from right after the wick to the base. It will be the opposite if you need to dispel something.
Once you have set your intention on the candle, it's time to carve some information on it. If you don't have a special tool for carving, you can always use the back of a match. Always carve the full name of the person that will benefit from the spell, as well as their date of birth. You can also draw meaningful symbols, runes, and sigils to make your spell more powerful.
Herbs & Crystals
Some people also like to roll their candles on the herbs they will be using in this step of the process, but we prefer not to do so because of fire safety. If you choose to do this, remember you only need to use a small amount of herbs. It is safer to place your herbs on the candle holder. The candle holder is also a great place to place your crystals, if you're using any.
Beginning Spell work
Now, light the candle. To make the candle “wake up,” make some sort of sound right after you light it. You can snap your fingers, clap, or use a tool like a bell.
Your spell will be done once the candle burns out. You can extinguish the candle if you need to and then light it later. The one thing you shouldn't do is reuse the same candle for a different intention. Don't blow on your candle if possible. It's preferable to use a tool to snuff it out.
What are white candles for?
Communication & Clairvoyance
White candles can be used to enhance communication, both with other people and with beings from other planes, such as your spirit guides. You can light a white candle if you want to receive a divine revelation or if you need your guides to weigh in on a decision you're about to make. It's a great candle to light if you're looking for spiritual enlightenment. This is also the reason why people use it to pray, or to communicate with their ancestors. You may light a white candle after someone dies to communicate your love for them, and also that you let them go peacefully. If you have recently discovered you have any psychic abilities such as Clairvoyance, white candles can help you embrace these abilities and learn how to work with them for the good.
Peace & Healing
Additionally, white candles have healing properties. You can use them to balance out all chakras and bring energy into the aura.
White is also the color of peace. You can light a white candle for a person who is tormented by their thoughts or their circumstances. This is another reason why you should light a white candle whenever someone you know dies; so you can liberate their soul of all burdens and they can make it peacefully into the afterlife.
There are correspondences between white and Wednesday. If you cast a spell with a white candle on that day of the week, it will be stronger. There is also a link between the color white and Archangel Gabriel. This is why it is so potent when used to communicate. There are also strong correspondences between white and lunar energy, so they are excellent for New Moon or Full Moon rituals.
What kind of spells can I cast with a white candle?
If you don't have a particular colored candle for a spell, you can light a white candle instead. White represents a balance of all colors, so it can hold onto any intention. However, it's also associated with some intentions in particular.
You can use white candles to cleanse a person, animal, object or space. This is especially useful after lighting a black candle to remove negative energy. An important step in cleansing that a lot of people tend to omit is to fill the empty space that used to hold negative energy with high-vibrational vibes. White as a color can attract these vibes with ease, especially if combined with a crystal like Clear Quartz or Angelite.
Use white candles when performing a spell such as a Cord-Cutting, which requires neutral colors and no extra intent added. You can also use white candles in simple protection spells.
You can also light a white candle whenever you are seeking the truth. You can either pray for a divine and true revelation if you are at a crossroads, or you can pray for a person to speak their truth or for the truth of a situation to present itself.
Communication across planes
If you want to give a message to a person or being in another plane, you can write them a letter and put your candle holder with a white candle on top of it. When you light the candle, your message will be carried to the right destination.
White candles can also embody the energy of the herbs and crystals you use alongside them. Light a white candle with some cinnamon for purification, good luck, and protection. Light a white candle with dried rose petals to attract love into your life.
White Color Magic at a Glance
White candles are great for almost any intention. They can also bring about peace and balance, and you can use them to communicate with beings in another plane. There are correspondences between white candles and Archangel Gabriel, Wednesday, and lunar energy. Remember to practice fire safety and that, in the end, it's all about intent.